The end of my current 3-year EU-funded project, xDelia, was 31st May. Fortunately we obtained two month’s follow-on funding taking my contract until the end of July. As we approached the end of the project, my line manager, Eileen, who is far more experienced in large European projects than I, warned me about the “car crash” effect that would happen as we approached the end.
She was right!
Multiple small delays had a cumulative affect which ultimately has had an impact on time available for writing the end-of-project deliverables. Having multiple partners based in different institutions across Europe meant that collaboration was key. In fact, I think that we became really good at fast and efficient interdisciplinary collaboration by the end of the project. Nevertheless, it still leaves a huge workload at the end. I wonder if this ever changes.